Mike Mazurki Overview:

Character actor, Mike Mazurki, was born Michail Mazuruski on Dec 25, 1907 in Tarnopol, Galicia. Mazurki died at the age of 83 on Dec 9, 1990 in Glendale, CA and was laid to rest in Forest Lawn (Glendale) Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA.


Austrian-born actor. In America from an early age, he was a professional footballer and wrestler before taking his huge frame to Hollywood to play hoodlums' henchmen. Dim-looking (but actually well-educated), with hook nose, open mouth and aggressive, small-eyed stare, he would have done any Damon Runyon story proud, and became the definitive Moose Malloy in the 1945 version of Raymond Chandler's Farewell, My Lovely.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Character Actors: an Illustrated Directory).



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Mike Mazurki Quotes:

[Moose has taken Marlowe to Florian's to look for Velma]
Philip Marlowe: I tried to picture him in love with somebody, but it didn't work.
Moose Malloy: They changed it a lot. There was a stage where she worked... and some booths... pink flowers was in the slatwork. She was cute as lace pants.

Flat Mouth: Medicine Mound. Sacred. Comanche only go there to meet Great Spirit.

Elya Carlson: [from trailer] If Mr. Thomas every gets tired of me and spends his evenings with other ladies...
Chad: You'll cut his own throat.

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Mike Mazurki Facts
Wrestler turned actor in tough guy roles.

Awarded the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame's New York State Award, which was presented to an individual who made significant contributions to the sport of Professional Wrestling in the PWHF's home state of New York.

Contrary to his image as a brawny, not very smart tough guy, Mazurki graduated at the top of his class from Manhattan College, class of 1930, with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

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